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East Texas tax preparer sentenced for tax fraud, identity theft

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) –

An East Texas tax preparer was sentenced to federal prison for tax fraud and aggravated identity theft on Friday.

Related: East Texas tax preparer charged with embezzlement, tax fraud

Jefferson Kincade, 39 from Palestine, Texas, pleaded guilty on Aug. 23, 2016 to fraudulent or false statements in a tax return, theft or conversion of money, and aggravated identity theft.

Kincade was sentenced to 102 months in federal prison on Jan. 26, 2017, by U.S. District Judge Ron Clark. Kincade also agreed to a cash forfeiture of $110,919.54

According to information presented in court, Kincade inflated the amount of tax refunds on customer’s forms that were filed electronically at EZ Tax in Palestine.

Kincade was then able to intercept the government tax refunds for his own benefit by printing the refund checks, not giving them to his clients, and then cashing them with the assistance of two individuals who were not associated with EZ Tax.

“These actions caused significant problems for the actual taxpayers, many of whom found that they owed money back to the IRS because of the refund overpayments,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Brit Featherston.   

“Mr. Kincade defrauded his clients and the IRS for his own personal benefit, and yesterday he was held accountable for his criminal actions, ” said Alfredo Vazquez, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Dallas Field Office of IRS, Criminal Investigation.

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Article source: http://www.kltv.com/story/34370578/east-texas-tax-preparer-sentenced-for-tax-fraud-identity-theft

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Two charged with ID theft scheme at Deer Park Apple store … – Chicago Sun

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Two people are facing charges after they tried to charge thousands of dollars’ worth of products to others’ ATT accounts at a north suburban Apple store.

Diamand D. Reid | Lake County sheriff's office

Diamand D. Reid | Lake County sheriff’s office

Alexander J. Soto, 25, of Yonkers, New York, was charged with burglary, identity theft and retail theft, all felonies, according to the Lake County sheriff’s office. Diamand D. Reid, 22, of Roseville, Michigan, faces felony counts of burglary and identity theft.

On Friday evening, deputies responded to the Apple store at 30530 N. Rand Rd. in Deer Park and found Soto and Reid tried to gain access to others’ ATT accounts while at the store, according to the sheriff’s office. They then tried to bill more than $3,000 worth of Apple products to the accounts.

Detectives are contacting other local Apple stores to see if they tried the same crime elsewhere, according to the sheriff’s office. They are also investigating if there is a connection between Soto and Reid and seven others arrested for theft last year at the same Apple store.

Soto was ordered held at the Lake County Jail on a $70,000 bond and Reid was ordered held on a $60,000 bond, according to the sheriff’s office. Both are next scheduled to appear in court Feb. 2.

Article source: http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/two-charged-with-id-theft-scheme-at-deer-park-apple-store/

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Ex-Rep. Gallison appears in court on charges of fraud, identity theft, filing false tax papers

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

During his 20-minute arraignment, Gallison, wearing a charcoal suit, answered, “Yes, your honor” to a series of questions as Magistrate Judge Patricia Sullivan outlined the charges against him and went over the terms of his release.

PROVIDENCE — Former state representative Raymond E. Gallison Jr. made a short court appearance Friday to face nine felony charges — then made the briefest appearance possible before the news media cameras.

After pleading innocent before a federal magistrate as part of a procedural matter (he has already agreed to plead guilty at a later date), Gallison paused in the lobby of the federal post office to call for his ride.

“Where are you now?” he said into his phone as a crowd of reporters and photographers waited outside; the former chairman of the House Finance Committee has made few public appearances since abruptly resigning last May.

A moment later a gray SUV stopped in front of the post office. Gallison swiftly emerged, saying nothing as he split the scrum and disappeared again.

Gallison, 64, of Bristol, faces five counts of mail fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft and three counts of filing false tax documents. The identity theft charge alone carries a two-year mandatory federal prison term.

On Monday, prosecutors charged that Gallison stole $678,000 from a dead client’s estate and pilfered from a disabled person’s trust fund and the youth education charity that he worked for.

In announcing the charges, U.S. Attorney Peter F. Neronha said Gallison had, in essence, perpetrated three separate schemes:

* That while working for the taxpayer-supported educational nonprofit organization called Alternative Education Programming (AEP), Gallison misappropriated more than $64,575 earmarked to help disadvantaged youth attend the Community College of Rhode Island.

* That he took $8,900 from a trust account of a disabled Taunton woman to cover his theft from AEP. (Gallison had been appointed trustee to assure the long-term welfare of the woman, who is now 43.)

* And that he devised various plots to transfer $677,957 worth of stock from a dead Barrington man’s estate into his bank accounts.

During his 20-minute arraignment, Gallison, wearing a charcoal suit, answered, “Yes, your honor” to a series of questions as Magistrate Judge Patricia Sullivan outlined the charges against him and went over the terms of his release.

Gallison was released on $50,000 personal recognizance with several conditions, including that he surrender his passport and limit his travel to Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Gallison is expected to change his plea at some later date, at which time he could also face sentencing.

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Article source: http://www.providencejournal.com/news/20170127/ex-rep-gallison-appears-in-court-on-charges-of-fraud-identity-theft-filing-false-tax-papers

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Police arrest woman on fraud, identity theft, other charges

Sunday, January 29th, 2017


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Protect yourself – identity theft is on the rise in Montana | KTVH.com

Sunday, January 29th, 2017

Montana – Saturday is National Data Privacy Day and Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is urging Montanan’s to take steps to prevent identity theft. He recommends consumers make sure personal information stays secure by utilizing safety best practices.

Fox and the Office of Consumer Protection say people can protect themselves from identity theft by checking the legitimacy of websites, taking advantage of privacy settings and shredding documents that contain personal information.

According to the Montana Board of Crime Control, the number of fraud cases in Montana increased over 50 percent in the past four years; between 2014 and 2015 reports of identity theft grew the largest increasing by 39 percent. In both 2014 and 2015 there were almost 1,500 cases of identity theft in Montana.

Identity theft is the number one fraud offense in Montana and can happen to anyone.

“Identity theft can and does happen to people from all different backgrounds,” said Fox.  “Con artists target senior citizens, business owners, and everyday users of technology with equal malice.  Fortunately, consumers are gaining awareness of many of the tricks scammers use to steal personal information thanks in part to observations like Data Privacy Day, which has taken place since 2008.”

If you are a victim of identity theft the Office of Consumer Protection suggests contacting local law enforcement and notifying your financial institutions. For the complete list click here.

The crime report from the MBCC in its entirety can be viewed here.

Article source: http://www.ktvh.com/2017/01/protect-yourself-identity-theft-is-on-the-rise-in-montana

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Jacksonville man pleads guilty to identity theft – News4Jax

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A 55-year-old Jacksonville man has pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft and faces a mandatory minimum of two years in federal prison.

A sentencing date for Jefferage Capice White has not yet been set.

According to the plea agreement, in December 2015, White entered a Navy Federal Credit Union in Jacksonville and represented himself as J.F., an account holder at the credit union. He approached a teller, presented a counterfeit Florida driver license containing the personal identification information of J.F., and requested to make a cash withdrawal from J.F.’s account. Based on White’s suspicious behavior, the credit union employees notified the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO). When approached by a JSO officer, White fled and was eventually apprehended after a physical struggle.  

In a related case, Carlis Edward Williams, 53, of Jacksonville, pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft on Dec. 1, 2016. He faces a mandatory minimum of two years in federal prison for the aggravated identity theft charge. His sentencing is set for March 8, 2017.

These prosecutions are part of a broader investigation by law enforcement involving the manufacturing of counterfeit identification documents and identity theft.  

This case was investigated by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and the United States Secret Service – Jacksonville Field Office.

Copyright 2017 by WJXT News4Jax – All rights reserved.

Article source: http://www.news4jax.com/news/jacksonville-man-pleads-guilty-to-identity-theft

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Florida deputy formally indicted in identity theft case

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) – A South Florida sheriff’s deputy arrested last month in an identity theft case has been formally indicted by a federal grand jury.

Court documents show suspended Palm Beach County deputy Frantz Felisma is facing charges of aggravated identity theft, access device fraud and conspiracy to commit identity theft. He is being held without bail.

Authorities say the seven-year veteran used a law enforcement database to steal personal identification information of people and sold it to another man who has since pleaded guilty. The scheme allegedly focused on people who had expensive cars and used the stolen information to obtain credit cards.

Felisma is on administrative leave without pay from the sheriff’s office. His attorney Jason Kreiss said in an email Felisma pleaded not guilty and expects to clear his name.

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Article source: http://www.nbc-2.com/story/34316187/florida-deputy-formally-indicted-in-identity-theft-case

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Protect yourself – identity theft is on the rise in Montana

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Montana – Saturday is National Data Privacy Day and Montana Attorney General Tim Fox is urging Montanan’s to take steps to prevent identity theft. He recommends consumers make sure personal information stays secure by utilizing safety best practices.

Fox and the Office of Consumer Protection say people can protect themselves from identity theft by checking the legitimacy of websites, taking advantage of privacy settings and shredding documents that contain personal information.

According to the Montana Board of Crime Control, the number of fraud cases in Montana increased over 50 percent in the past four years; between 2014 and 2015 reports of identity theft grew the largest increasing by 39 percent. In both 2014 and 2015 there were almost 1,500 cases of identity theft in Montana.

Identity theft is the number one fraud offense in Montana and can happen to anyone.

“Identity theft can and does happen to people from all different backgrounds,” said Fox.  “Con artists target senior citizens, business owners, and everyday users of technology with equal malice.  Fortunately, consumers are gaining awareness of many of the tricks scammers use to steal personal information thanks in part to observations like Data Privacy Day, which has taken place since 2008.”

If you are a victim of identity theft the Office of Consumer Protection suggests contacting local law enforcement and notifying your financial institutions. For the complete list click here.

The crime report from the MBCC in its entirety can be viewed here.

Article source: http://www.ktvh.com/2017/01/protect-yourself-identity-theft-is-on-the-rise-in-montana

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County College of Morris holds program on identity theft

Friday, January 27th, 2017

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Article source: http://www.newjerseyhills.com/randolph_reporter/news/county-college-of-morris-holds-program-on-identity-theft/article_add8c14d-75aa-5241-b6db-4eab18b9bb6a.html

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Stamford business owner charged with ID theft – StamfordAdvocate

Friday, January 27th, 2017

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STAMFORD — The owner of a city nursery faces criminal charges after police in Milford said she stole another person’s identity.

Jennifer D’Amico, 49, of Alma Rock Road, is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 14 in state Superior Court in Milford. She was arrested on a warrant charging her with first-degree identity theft and criminal impersonation.

D’Amico, who owns High Ridge Nursery, is accused of using a victim’s name and credit “to maintain a property that was being rented for income,” according to a news release.


Milford police have not released any details.

noliveira@stamfordadvocate.com

Article source: http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/local/article/Stamford-business-owner-charged-with-ID-theft-10886388.php

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